As is expected in a city renowned for its rich musical heritage, yesterday’s Culture programme unveiled the first of many stunning live events taking place next year - with loads more to be announced in coming months.
Some of the stand-out musical events lined up for 2013 will be Primal Scream and superstar DJ David Holmes, who will play Derry on Tuesday, March 19, in the new 4,000 capacity Ebrington Arena, and Elvis Costello, who will play the same arena on June 27.
Another massive coup for the Culture year is Ireland’s widely acclaimed festival Other Voices, which will travel North for a three-day residency at the beginning of February, no doubt bringing with it some of the finest musical acts around today.
Primal Scream are celebrating 30 years rocking and rolling - three decades which has cemented them as live music legends. From the sun-drenched Balearic ballads of Screamadelica to the unashamed retro strut of ‘Rocks Off’, Primal Scream band were a key part of the mid-1980s indie pop scene but eventually moved away from their more jangly sound, taking on more psychedelic and then garage rock influences, before incorporating a dance music element to their sound. Their 1991 album Screamadelica, produced by the legendary Andrew Weatherall, broke the band into the mainstream, perfectly capturing the emerging ecstasy culture and fused rock and dance music in an awesome aural alchemy. 21 years on Primal Scream remain iconic and irresistible. The as-yet-untitled album, produced by David Holmes, will be the band’s 10th studio effort and will be released in early 2013.
David Holmes is the Iggy Pop of the decks - the individual who simply doesn’t give a **** and has the arrogance and invention to carry it off with his own particular style.
Holmes was at the forefront of the dance music scene in Ireland when the house and techno boom hit in the late ‘80s. His club night Sugar Sweet was the first venue for serious dance music in Ireland.
Within a short space of time, David Holmes was recognized as one of the best DJ’s in the world, guesting at clubs everywhere and getting major remix offers. His albums, ‘This Film’s Crap, Let’s Slash the Seats’, ‘Lets Get Killed’ and ‘Bow Down to The Exit Sign’ and ‘The Holy Pictures’ have enjoyed commercial and massive critical acclaim. In recent years however, David’s work for film has flourished, completing soundtracks for major films such as Out of Sight, Oceans 11, 12 and 13, Haywire and Hunger. Tickets will cost £25 plus booking fee, and will go on sale from Ticketmaster on Monday October 29.
Other Voices will take place in various venues throughout the city on February 1, 2 and 3, celebrating the city’s eminent status as City of Culture 2013.
In keeping with a musical tradition nurtured in Dingle over ten years, Other Voices Derry will showcase the most influential voices in contemporary music – established artists and bands from across the globe performing alongside the ever burgeoning wave of emerging talent. Old friends will make a return visit and new friendships will be made. Two of those returning to the fold will be Neil Hannon and Californian Other Voices veteran Jesca Hoop. The full line-up will be unveiled in the coming weeks.
Of course, who can forget that Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann will also be bringing Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, the biggest festival of Irish Culture anywhere in the world, to the city from August 12-18 next year.
Over the course of seven days - the city will play host to over 300,000 visitors as traditional music takes over the streets with sessions, fun-days, pageants, marching bands, competitions, ceilí bands, concerts and singing. Derry will be transformed into one enormous performance space and music will echo from every street and alley as the city becomes a Mecca for the cream of traditional talent.
The streets will be also alive with the sound of Rock, Pop, Trad, Jazz, Electronic, Classical, Opera on Friday June 21, for Music City!, in what promises to be one of the most memorable days of 2013. This day-long celebration of music of all genres will shine a spotlight on thousands of musicians, both amateur and professional as the whole city becomes a stage with hundreds of free musical performances across the city’s streets, squares, neighbourhoods, venues, churches, offices and workplaces. In addition to stages throughout the city hosted by The Music Promise, Glasgowbury, Celtronic, imarocker.com, Electric Mainline, Practice Makes Perfect, Comhaltas Doire and The Jammhouse, the event will have several other special/curated elements including a festival within a festival programmed by the organisers of Exit Festival, Serbia.
The organizers of the EXIT Festival have managed to transform it from a student political protest into one of the most prestigious European music festivals. In the year 2000, three students organised the very first EXIT Festival as a protest against Milosevic’ isolationist regime.
Through 13 years of its existence, EXIT has changed the image of Serbia and put small city of Novi Sad on the map, bringing more than 2 million tourists and more than 250 million EUR into local economy.